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Ellen DeGeneres Tim Gunn–Who Would You

Written by Vegetarian Star on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 in Fashion, Polls/Surveys, TV Hosts, Who Would You.

Ellen DeGeneres was named Woman of the Year by PETA for her contributions to promoting vegetarianism and animal welfare.

And who was voted as her male counterpart for the title?

None other than fur hating fashion guru Tim Gunn.

Both Ellen and Tim let their cruelty-free fashion sense do the accessorizing.

Fur is banned from Project Runway and Ellen’s given away vegan handbags to her audience.

You’d love to have both a faux fur coat and a leather-free bag, but if you had to choose between Tim or Ellen, who would you rather do…

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Oprah Winfrey, Michael Vick Make Animal History

Written by Vegetarian Star on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 in Animal Issues, Athletes-Games-Sports, TV Hosts.


Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, has blogged on what he feels were the biggest stories of the decade relating to animal welfare.

Sadly, some of the most newsworthy stories aren’t necessarily good ones, like the Michael Vick dog fighting incidents uncovered in 2007.

However, there were plenty of celebrities looking out for the animals in the past decade and Oprah Winfrey‘s been awarded her set of wings for featuring an episode of her show that criticized puppy mills.

“Since the broadcasts, we’ve rescued thousands of animals from puppy mills,” writes Pacelle. “Just this year, 10 states have approved legislation to impose tougher standards on large scale dog breeding operations, and the new standards have prompted a number of deficient puppy mills to shut down. And a raft of protests has cause pet stores to close or at least to stop selling puppies from mills.”

And O even featured some four legged stars on the cover of her magazine after visiting PAWS, Chicago’s largest no-kill animal shelter.

Let’s hope the next decade is filled with more trendsetters like Oprah and less of the history one would rather forget.

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Meatless Mouthful–Mandy Moore Loves The Farmers Market

Written by Vegetarian Star on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 in Female Singers, Food & Drink, Meatless Mouthful.

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Mandy Moore Shape January 2010

“I love the idea of getting up early on Sundays and walking to the market to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a good way to start my day, and it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something before other people are even awake.”

—-Mandy Moore, from an interview with Shape. Mandy’s featured on the January 2010 issue of the magazine and although she’s not known to be a veggie, you’ve got to give her credit for appreciating and supporting locally grown, fresh produce.

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Ellen DeGeneres PETA Woman Of The Year

Written by Vegetarian Star on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 in TV Hosts.

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2009 must be the year for vegan Ellen DeGeneres because she’s already nabbed 2 Best of Veggie Awards and it’s not even New Year’s Eve yet.

Her recent commitment to veganism pushed her into the Top 10 Veg Stories of the Decade by VegNews.

Now, Ellen has been named Woman of the Year by PETA.

“She made vegan pizza with Chef Wolfgang Puck, spoke with Dr. Neal Barnard about the health benefits of a vegan diet, and just in time for Thanksgiving, “talked turkey” about the everyday abuse of animals on factory farms with Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals. Ellen also created pages on her Web site that feature insight, info, and tips about cruelty-free living. Visitors can find recipes, read about why Ellen went vegan, learn where to shop, and more.”

Let’s not forgot she shared her personal chef, Roberto Martin, on national television as he taught her fans to cook vegan pot pie and roast, hosted fellow veg Pamela Anderson to discuss the launch of her eco friendly perfume and received an award from the Humane Society of the United States.

What’s on Ellen’s goals for 2010 and the next decade?

Hopefully, getting Simon Cowell and the other American Idol judges to eat vegan tacos every week.

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Sam Kass, Naomi Pomeroy Chefs To Watch Out For

Written by Vegetarian Star on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 in Chefs, Food & Drink.

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With Gordon Ramsay making a casting call for his new reality TV series about great cooks with no formal training, Master Chef, Stylecaster thought it’d be a good time to highlight a few of its favorite rising chefs.

“Here are the top 10 chefs to watch out for in 2010,” Tricia Ismail at Stylecaster.com writes.

“Watch out” is indeed the right phrase if you see Naomi Pomeroy heading for your kitchen.

A former vegetarian, Pomeroy is now head chef of Beast in Portland, Oregon where every beast appears on the menu.

From Stylecaster:

“This one-time vegetarian is now head chef at the restaurant Beast in Portland, Oregon where she is known for her steak tartare, foie gras bonbon, and chicken liver moose with candied bacon. Things have definitely changed–for the better.”

Or changed for the worse.

However, there is hope, as White House assistant chef Sam Kass is also on the way to fame.

Kass supported bringing the Farmer’s Market near the Pennsylvania Avenue area in D.C., keeps himself busy tending to produce in the White House organic garden, and will hopefully continue to carry out Michelle Obama‘s wish to encourage people to incorporate healthier, locally grown produce into their diets.

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Meatless Mouthful–Tim Gunn On Faux Fur

Written by Vegetarian Star on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 in Fashion, Fur, Meatless Mouthful.

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“I’m also not a great fan of faux fur that looks real — I’d much rather have it look fake.”

—-Project Runway fashion mentor Tim Gunn, in an interview with The LA Times.

Sounds like looking through the archives of Fur Real or Fur Fake would be painful for Tim–even when the fur is completely synthetic.

What’s your take on faux fur?

Does knowing the source is synthetic make it easier on the eyes?

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“Grace”–The Great Vegan Horror Film Of 2009

Written by Vegetarian Star on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 in Film & TV.

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Grace film

Slate has compiled their list of 10 great movies you may be missed (or is it should have missed) in 2009.

Of course, every vegetarian mother or mother to be would love to have their own personal copy of Grace, about a vegan who insists on natural childbirth and has hopes of rearing little baby Grace on rice milk and tempeh.

Baby Grace, however, has different tastes than mom and only craves blood.

Sucks when the children stray from good values.

Mom’s blood is okay at first, but Grace’s appetite grows, leaving Madeline to seek other human blood donors who aren’t exactly giving voluntarily.

From Slate:

“Horror movies don’t get any more horrific than Grace, which finds one of our few remaining taboos (pregnancy), sticks it with a clawed finger and then wiggles it around. A nice vegan lady is having a baby and doing it the old fashioned way, complete with midwife and birthing pool. Then the fetus dies in an accident. Then she decides to carry its corpse to term. Then the baby is born and it’s moving and breathing. Then it’s somehow still dead? Zombies are the new cute, but Grace makes them upsetting again.”

Vegan and horror combined in an 85 minute film may or may not entice you, but at least you now have creepy suggestions to make to those annoying people who ask the question of whether breast feeding is really vegan because the milk comes from a mammal.

Discover the other films you missed in 2009 at slate.com.

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Bollywood star John Abraham is set to produce a film on tiger preservation, according to One India Entertainment.

The movie, The Return of the Tiger, will be directed by Mike Pandey.

“I decided to produce the film because I truly believe tigers are one of the most magnificent creatures on this planet,” Abraham said. “And if we don’t take quick and immediate action to preserve them there will be no tigers left.”

Some experts estimate there are only about 4,000 tigers remaining in the wild, compared to 100,000 existing a century ago.

It’s no surprise that Abraham is so interested in wildlife preservation, given his history of commitment to animals.

A noted vegetarian, he’s was nominated for PETA’s Sexiest male vegetarian last year.

The Return of the Tiger is expected to be screened at film festivals and wildlife preservation summits.

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